Fine dining award sponsored by Edinburgh School of Food & Wine

Fine dining is more than just having a nice meal, it is a “magical experience” that begins when you walk into the restaurant and lasts until you leave.

Promoted by Edinburgh School of Food & Wine
Friday, 27th May 2022, 12:07 pm
Nyssa Barron, owner of the school, poses with Ash Macmillan, Head Chef & Tutor
Nyssa Barron, owner of the school, poses with Ash Macmillan, Head Chef & Tutor

That is why the Edinburgh School of Food & Wine wanted to sponsor the Best Fine Dining Experience Category at the Edinburgh Evening News Restaurant Awards.

Nyssa Barron, owner of the school based at the Newliston Estate on the edge of Edinburgh, says anticipation is growing about who will clinch the accolade at the glittering awards ceremony on June 6.

The awards cover 15 categories and recognise the incredible achievements of the Edinburgh restaurant scene. One of the indicators of confidence in the scene is the growth of fine dining establishments, which offer something special or unexpected to diners looking for a memorable night.

The school ia based at the Newliston Estate on the edge of Edinburgh

Ms Barron says: “The fine dining category is really important because it shows that a restaurant has got absolutely everything right. It is more than just going out for something to eat; the service is top quality, the presentation is immaculate and the effort that has gone into the whole experience is first class.” That starts with the way diners are met by front of house staff and continues during conversations with waiters and sommeliers, whose knowledge has to be superb – from knowing exactly what food is on the menu, where it comes from and how it is prepared, to advising on what is the best drink to pair it with.

It is not just high-end cuisine that the Edinburgh School of Food & Wine cater for. Their professional courses are available to those wishing to embark on a professional cookery career, there are also a variety of weekend and evening courses covering complete beginners to amateur home chefs.

As well as a thriving outside catering section, online courses are starting soon, meaning people can learn at their own pace.

The school also offers a range of children’s courses which Ms Barron is passionate about. “Knowledge about food and where it comes from is very important but is not always taught at every school - it allows children to make informed and healthy choices about what they eat, and how they cook it, as they grow up.”

Those who have gone through the cookery school have begun careers in some of the best restaurants in Britain and Ms Barron hopes there will be future winners at the restaurant awards who have benefitted from their help.

For more information on all that the Edinburgh School of Food & Wine offers go to https://www.esfw.com.

And to find out more about the Edinburgh Evening News Restaurant Awards go to https://www.edinburghrestaurantawards.co.uk.